This site located in Cancun is part of an ancient Maya trade route – a post-classic city with an interesting botanical garden.
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Maya Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Follow the footsteps of Maya priests, brave Spanish conquistadors, and 19th century adventurers who climbed the very same steps. Deep in the Yucatan jungle lie the remains of ancient Maya cities that many call the “Egypt of the Americas.” The Maya ruins of the Yucatan are awe-inspiring and provide a deeper understanding of Mexican history. The allure of Ancient Times Mexico’s rich and mysterious past is still visible in the amazing ancient ruins scattered throughout the country. Visit impressive towering pyramids in the Yucatan Peninsula to elaborate ancient cities found in Coba, that the Mayan heritage continues to draw millions of tourists from across the globe.
To help you extend your travels beyond the Yucatan and Riviera Maya, we have shared our experience in the remote Maya ruin sites in southern and western locations. When traveling to the Riviera Maya, you will have a wealth of INAH ruins to visit, ranging from the Tulum ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea to Chichen Itza, the 8th wonder of the world!
Archaeologists believe this Mayan city was influenced by the Itzá long before they founded Chichen Itzá.
The Aké Ruins located just 40 km (22 miles) east of Merida, reflects the complicated history that defines the Yucatan Peninsula.
Ek Balam’s most important cultural period was during the Late Classic Period 700 – 1000 A.D It was mapped in the 1980’s.
The greatest attraction at the Tulum Ruins is its location. The Caribbean views continue to be described as spectacular and breath-taking.
This Mayan city in the jungle is in the south and home to Howler monkeys heard, but not seen on the site.
Archaeologists believe Cobá is one of the most important sites on the Yucatan Peninsula as this city had a very different purpose.
Uxmal and Chichen Itza can overshadow the Mayapan Ruins, but include this ruin on your list as Mayapán is worth seeing.
This UNESCO Mayan ruin site is less crowded than others and with an overnight stay at local hotels, you can fully enjoy the Uxmal experience
Located at the boundaries of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Muyil Ruins is small, lush, has few visitors, and feels magical.